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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Rosa" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 11:19:22 +0100
Subject: Re;,,

Dear Email Owner,

This is to inform you that we are constituted by the United Nation
debt reconciliation to scrutinize the apex institution pending and
unclaimed funds transfers due to individuals and companies, as such
a specified file register under your name and your email account has
been certified and classified as your inheritance,COVID-19 compensation
funds own to you but the payment was unsettled.

Now we have deposited your bank draft Check $1.5 Million USD with the
Bank under the care of (Mr. George Moore) Please email him immediately
to his personal email:( or Telephone +229 674
290 81) to send the check to you or get remit via bank transfer

Kindly re-confirm to him your personal information per as follow:

Your full Name...,Your phone number..,Your occupation..,Your contact
address and Your Identity Card..

Thanks and anticipating your urgent response

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Rosa Freeman
Section assistance and Verification committee
United Nation debt reconciliation organization

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